We have read thousands of articles, studies and theories about the growing obesity problem in our country and many of them have some validity. But the one newly identified physiological cause is shock.
Shock is the physiological response to trauma in our lives
More and more Americans are realizing that, yes indeed, we do have trauma and it is time to address it. And there is a growing category of previously unacknowledged people who have daily and insidious trauma: all the first responders in our culture such as critical incident responders, therapists, medical personnel such as doctors and nurses, fire and police men and women, ambulance drivers, crisis workers, psychologists, social workers, combat veterans and now we need to include journalists who travel the world to bring back news of war and other threatening situations. There are literally millions of workers who experience vicarious trauma, or secondary trauma, everyday which goes completely unnoticed and therefore untreated.